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April 22, 2010
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Indian art at London's BRIC show
22 Apr 2010, 1641 hrs IST,

NEW DELHI: Contemporary Indian artists like Subodh Gupta, Jitish Kallat, T V Santosh and Atul Dodiya find a place among emerging art masterpieces from Brazil Russia and China at the upcoming BRIC auction in UK.

The 438-lot sale at London's Saatchi Gallery dedicated to contemporary art, design and photography from the four countries will be held on April 23 and 24, says auctioneers Philips de Pury & Co.

Estimated at 13 million pounds, the auction features among others, works by Os Gemeos, and Lygia Clark from Brazil, Alexander Rodchenko, Eric Bulatov and Alexander Kosolapov from Russia and Zhang Xiaogang, Yue MinJun and Ai Weiwei from China.

"The BRIC sale will reflect the widespread growth of interest in contemporary art coming out of these incredibly rich cultures. This growth runs parallel with the emergence of these countries as significant powers in the global economy," the auctioneers said.

The April 23 evening sales will feature a selection of works by key artists of the four countries and sales one the following day will have four separate day sales, each dedicated to a separate BRIC country.

While Russian artist Erik Bulatov's 1995 painting "Entrance - No Entrance" estimated at 350,000 pounds to 450,000 pounds (approx 3.07 crores) is the highest priced work, a 2006 painting by Subodh Gupta of metal pots and pans, titled "Idol Thief 1," and estimated to fetch between 320,000 pounds to 380,000 pounds (approximately Rs 2.59 crores) is the most expensive work among Indian artists.

T V Santosh, Pushpmala N, Thukral and Tagra and Mithu Sen are other contemporary Indian artists figuring in the auction along with modern masters like M F Husain and F N Souza.

Works by Pakistani artist Rashid Rana also figure in the show and have been put under works by Indian artists.

"The bringing together of these various disciplines will not only reveal how deep the influence of each country's economic development has been on the work of their artists, but will also reinforce the relevance of their work to the wider world community of artists, collectors, curators and scholars," says organisers.

BRIC is the sixth sale in a series of themed auctions by the New York-based company.

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